What are Community Groups?

Mercy Hill Community Groups are intentional gatherings of 10-15 people (on average) that meet together once a week in homes across the Triad to study the Bible together, pray for each other, and build authentic Christian community. Community Groups offer a non-threatening environment to meet new friends, get more connected to the church, and grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Mercy Hill Church - Community Group - Prayer

Why Community Groups?

At Mercy Hill we strongly believe that discipleship happens in community. What we mean is that no one is meant to follow Jesus alone. God has designed us to be in a relationship with Him and others. We believe that the support provided by a gospel-centered community is an essential component to being in a relationship with Jesus. Some of the benefits of being connected are:

  • Authentic Christian Community

  • Prayer

  • Bible Study

There are four ways that you can get connected to a Community Group at Mercy Hill:

Mercy Hill Church Grouplink

1. Grouplink

This is the most effective way to join a Community Group at Mercy Hill. Each Grouplink lasts for three weeks and takes place quarterly. During Grouplink, you are able to look at profiles of all new groups being launched and sign up to join the group that best fits your schedule, location, and stage of life. Our next Grouplink is scheduled for January 2019.

Mercy Hill Church Starter Groups

2. Starter Groups

Most people wouldn’t buy a car without first test driving it, and Starter Groups is your opportunity to “test drive” a Community Group before making the commitment to join one. Starter Groups are a four-week Community Group simulation hosted by your Campus Pastor at your campus. Attendees get to meet other people who are new to Community Groups, walk through what a Community Group does and feels like, and hear more about why we believe it is vital that you get connected. After the four weeks, your Campus Pastor will help you take the next steps to find a Community Group.

Mercy Hill Church - Community Group

3. Personal Invitation

If you know someone who is currently in a Community Group, we encourage you to ask that person to check with their leader and see if there is space for you to join. If so, you’ll already know someone in the group when you join, which will help you more easily get acquainted to others in the group. If the group is full, we will help you get connected through Grouplink, Starter Groups, or the web form.

Mercy Hill Community Groups Website Request

4. Website Request

By filling out the Community Group Help Request form (bottom of page), you will be contacted by your Campus Pastor or a member of our Community Groups team that will help you take the appropriate next steps to get connected to a group.

Mercy Hill Church - Community Group - Child Care

What if I Need Childcare?

We understand that having children can sometimes make it more difficult to join a Community Group, but we don’t want there to be any deterrent to people getting into community here at Mercy Hill. Our solution is to reimburse you for the cost of childcare during your group. Some groups have childcare at the group while most groups encourage you to get a babysitter (paid for by Mercy Hill). Email the Community Group leader of the group you are planning on attending, and ask them what their group does. Below is a link to the childcare reimbursement form.

Need Help Finding A Group?

Fill out the form below and a staff member will follow up.

FAQs

Where do the groups meet?

We have many different groups at Mercy Hill Church that meet in several different locations across the Triad area.  Most groups meet in the home of the group leader or the group host.  We also have groups that meet on college campuses here in the Triad.

What do the groups study?

Most of our group studies are based off of the message from the preceding Sunday, however during the summer months some groups opt to go through book studies or things of that nature.

What do the groups do for childcare?

We understand that having children can sometimes make it more difficult to join a community group. But we don’t want there to be any deterrent to people getting into community here at Mercy Hill. Our solution is to reimburse you for the cost of childcare during your group. Some groups have childcare at the group while other groups encourage you to get a babysitter (partially reimbursed by Mercy Hill) and make your community group night a date night! Email the Community Group leader of the group you are planning on attending and ask them what their group does.  Below is a link to the child care reimbursement form.

Mercy Hill Church Child Care Reimbursement Form

Are there Community Groups for teenagers?

The best way for your teenager to connect to Christian community is through MHStudents.

How do I become a group leader?

At Mercy Hill Church, we take Community Group leadership very seriously because Community Group leaders function as under-shepherds in the church. We have an apprentice process in place for new group leaders. If you would like to find out more about becoming an apprentice leader, then, please fill out this apprentice leader interest form and a member of our staff will contact you in the near future regarding group leadership.